The iridescence of an unidentified fly (x8) catches our camera's eye as the tiny creature flits about a milkweed leaf in our volunteer weed garden in front of the fence at the edge of the yard. There is a place for spinelessness in this world -- check out the 10th Circus of the Spineless at Science and sensibility to see what we mean -- but our species are supposed to have backbones. Multicultural elites "gripped by self-loathing," in Amir Taheri's words, need not apply.
"This Islam is an ideology masquerading as a religious faith," writes Amir Taheri in a most enlightening Wall Street Journal commentary on the occasion of the first anniversary of the London bombings. "According to intelligence sources quoted by the British press, some 8,000 persons, all 'British born and bred Muslims,' are under investigation as 'al Qaeda sympathizers'":
Convinced that they can never agree on a common understanding of Islam, Muslim sects in Britain have sought unity based on a political program: Islam, in its broadest expression in Britain, is a political movement. It has adopted part of the anticapitalist discourse of communism, adding to it some anti-Semitic and anti-Christian themes of Nazism, and completing the mix with Third-Worldist lamentations against racism and imperialism.
A toxic mix of malcontents who find eager bedfellows amongst what Tamiri calls Britain's "multicultural elite gripped by self-loathing":
The overall structure of Islam in Britain resembles the Russian matryushka dolls in which smaller dolls nest within bigger ones. The 8,000 people under investigation represent the smallest, deadliest doll, which nests within a larger one represented by radical groups operating on the farthest edges of legality . . .
The fifth Islamic doll often finds a nest within a sixth, and bigger, one, that represents Britain's multicultural elite. That elite shares political Islam's triple-hatred of the West: hatred of Christianity, capitalism and democracy. Today some traditional anti-Christian, anticapitalist and antidemocratic forces in the West are seeking a second youth in the energy and passion of political Islam. In calling for Islam to be allocated a separate space in the name of multiculturalism, the anti-West elements of the elite hope to continue their old wars under a new flag.
It's Thanksgiving in July for this lucky ant finishing off the "breast meat" of a dead moth who happened to give up the ghost on a granite block in our above-mentioned weed garden. It's nature's way -- waste not, want not -- for one species to suck out the juices from the remains of another. 'Reminds us of what Islamists are doing to their fellow travelers in the mortally wounded left. The left's attempts -- again, in Taheri's words -- to seek "a second youth in the energy and passion of political Islam" resemble the vampire's attempts to remain undead by sucking blood from the living.
You'd be upset, too, had you awoken from dreams of glory and omnipotence only to find yourself on the wrong side of history. As Victor Davis Hanson -- blogged here -- wrote two years back re our own "cynical American reporters and played-out professors who laugh at the idea of civilization":
Of course these folks, deep in denial, would sooner believe their utopian dreams than their eyes.